|(The artwork is by
Hieronymus Bosch, early 15th century)
|How to go to
Hell: There are two things given
|• Worship the beast
(remember who this is?)
|• Receive the mark
|There is one key
lesson here: there is no neutral
position with regard to God. For us /
against us, that’s how He has it. For
the historicist, this should be troubling, for it means that most Roman
Catholics --- if not all -- are going to Hell.
|Wine: this wine is a figure of the wrath of God,
his righteous anger.
|• It is full strength
-- not diluted by mercy, hope or even love.
|• The cup of wrath is
a figure of judgment -- first on Israel (Isa 51:17, after which she repented)
and then on the world. The people of
God are purified by God’s wrath; they
repent. The world does not. This just might be the best way to tell the
|Torment: There are three things to note about this
|• It is done in the
presence of the holy angels and the Lamb.
The tormented will know who He is, and what they have done.
|• It will last
forever. Isaiah foresaw this as
applying to Edom (the land of Esau, the type of the worldly) in Isaiah
|• There will be no
“break periods.” Your mother told you
there was no rest for the wicked. Now
you know where she got the idea. How
these phrases bite into the consciousness of the English language!
|The saints reaction
to this should be patient endurance, obedience and faithfulness. Our usual reaction is quite different. We ask, “How can a loving God send people
to Hell?” Most of the words on Hell
itself come from our Lord. Perhaps the
answer is this (discussion point): God
did show his love to them -- on the Cross.
They rejected it.